OUR SUSTAINABLE JOURNEY
Here at Windward Jerky we pride ourselves on providing more sustainably sourced beef jerky than what is widely available on the market. Our jerky is 100% grass-fed and grass-finished with marinades using high quality ingredients, natural preservatives, and packaged in eco-friendly bags. We have, and always will, take steps to ensure the best possible product for our customers and the planet.
MOVING AWAY FROM THE TRASH BUSINESS.
This change is not without it’s issues however. The nature of our product necessitates a certain level of barrier thickness to maintain the jerky’s texture, flavor, and integrity. This barrier requirement keeps out oxygen and ensures a fully enclosed bag. The downside this creates is that we are not able to switch to 100% recyclable or compostable materials within current packaging technology. We do however have a bag that is as sustainable as current packaging allows and we are excited to have made the switch.
KEY FEATURES OF OUR NEW PACKAGING:
- Natural Resources: The interior layer is made from 100% renewable plant-based resources like sugar cane.
- Waste Reduction: The new bags a can help reduce waste as 60% of each bag can break down naturally in a relatively short period of time when left in the correct composting environment.
- Climate Change: The plant-based components that make up our new packaging can absorb greenhouse gases through natural plant respiration prior to use in packaging.
THE JERKY: MADE WITH 100% GRASS-FED & GRASS-FINISHED BEEF
Why is grass-fed beef better?
- Grass-fed beef is raised on open pastures. These cows are never confined to feed-lots.
- Grass-fed beef is naturally lower in total fat, and doesn't contain any antibiotics or growth hormones.
- Grass-fed beef is higher in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is crucial to a healthy diet and can reduce the risk of many diseases such as heart disease.
- Generally speaking, grass-fed beef is cleaner and healthier than conventional corn-fed beef.
So what exactly is corn-fed beef and how does it differ?
- Cows fed on corn gain more weight, which means they produce more beef per cow that can then be sold to the consumer.
- Most cows fed on corn are also confined to small feedlots in order for producers to more efficiently control their weight; grass-fed and finished cows are allowed to roam naturally on open pastures for their entire lifespans.
- Corn-fed beef has fewer health benefits than grass-fed beef.